Don't Forget Your Décolleté
We talk so much about skin care and much of that talk is about our taking care of our faces. As we head into the warmer months (which I swear are just around the corner, right?!) it’s a good time to pay some attention to our décolleté.
The French word for the area that is our cleavage, shoulders, and neck is as delicate-sounding as the skin itself. Our skin that makes up the décolleté has fewer oil glands, thinner tissue, and less elasticity than the rest of our skin on our bodies, face exempted. We often don’t think about this are as being any different than, say, our arms or our legs, and by the time we’re in our 30s, neglect can show.
The décolleté is often exposed to UV rays and environmental pollutants without a second thought. That is, until we wear a plunging neckline. But if you’re already taking steps to care for your face, it’s really nothing to extend care to this area!
We typically wash our faces with a specially-formulated cleaner and then use regular soap on the rest of our bodies, including our chest, shoulders, and neck area. It will do a world of good to extend your cleanser to this area instead of using soap even if it’s just once a day while you shower!
When you use your favourite toner or hydrosol on your face, spritz the décolleté as well. Botanical elements such as rose will help skin be clearer and brighter as well as fight signs of aging. As we know, the overexposure to the sun can cause collagen in your skin to break down quicker than in protected skin. When collagen and elastin break down, your skin begins to sag inward which causes those little creases that eventually become cleavage wrinkles.
Always use a moisturizer with a SPF on your neck and chest area, especially. If it works for your face, it will work for this area, too.
I know people who use different exfoliators for their face and their body. Again, use a gentle exfoliator such as SeaLuxe’s Goddess Grains Cleanser for your décolleté and your face once or twice a week. Wash away that dead skin to reveal healthier skin!
Diet. Yes, so many things lead back to what we put in our bodies. A healthy diet can go a long way to repairing damage from the inside out. Plenty of fruits and vegetables do the trick as does drinking enough water.
We once read a quote by a celebrity facialist that we’ve never forgotten: “Your face starts at your nipples.” Okay, Joanna Czech, point taken!